At first glance, all bunions may appear to be the same, but each case is unique. As a result, there are numerous treatment options available, including the Lapiplasty form of bunion surgery theywill discuss here. Lapiplasty has been widely praised in the world of podiatry in recent years, and for good reason. It can address a bunion and the problems it causes more comprehensively than other types of bunion surgery for many patients. The lapiplasty differs from many other bunion correction procedures in that it addresses all of the ways a bunion typically shifts bones out of alignment.
Many procedures have been developed to address how the bones can shift outward and upward, but they can also rotate. Lapiplasty also addresses this issue, making it a more “3D” solution than other procedures.Lapiplasty reduces the likelihood of the original factors that caused the bunion returning by achieving and permanently securing total correction across all planes. Other forms of treatment are more of a band-aid solution, with a higher risk of recurrence of a bunion. According to research, bunion correction procedures that do not address all misalignment factors have a 12 times higher risk of long-term bunion recurrence than Lapiplasty and other total realignment procedures.
What Is the Procedure for Lapiplasty?
The lapiplasty uses advanced hardware to correct bunions, allowing us to perform very precise work while keeping the toe stabilised in the correct position.To shift, rotate, and reposition the toe back to its proper alignment, they use a special positioning instrument. This instrument secures the metatarsal position, allowing us to proceed with complete confidence.
A guide tool is then used to make precise incisions and cuts to the bone in the area. This not only ensures that the procedure is carried out optimally, but also that excess cuts and collateral damage to healthy skin are kept to a minimum.
They also use a special imaging method to get a full view of the bones within your toe in real time, which allows us to ensure that the procedure is proceeding as planned.When the repairs are finished, they affix small but extremely durable titanium plates to the joint to keep the corrected alignment. These plates only prevent joints from moving in ways they were never meant to move in the first place, so they will have no negative impact on your range of motion or ability to perform most physical activities once you recover.